Theatre on the Coast – Virtually!

The historic Southwold summer theatre, relaunched by an award-winning local producer last year, is busy making plans to try and keep the season alive, returning to the seaside town following its first-year success.

Theatre on the Coast, run by Matthew Townshend Productions, is hoping to be a much-needed tonic to self-isolation when it returns to Southwold in August.

Theatre on the Coast replaced Suffolk Summer Theatre which had run in Southwold and Aldeburgh since 2011 before closing in 2018. Thanks to an incredible response from residents and holidaymakers in 2019, a bumper line up has now been announced for this year.

We have been absolutely thrilled by the praise we have received for the theatre season following its relaunch; it’s allowed us to expand our repertoire this year to include a range of shows suitable for audiences for whom we haven’t had an offer before.

From comedy and drama to music and workshops, a circus and celebrities right through to two new premieres showcasing some incredible new talent, we really have something for everyone.

Matthew Townshend

The season is now planning to run as a virtual festival streaming performances directly from Southwold Arts Centre every weekend from 22nd August to 12th September 2020.

Saturday 22nd August:

All 4 One

A new comedy by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie

On a cold and short afternoon in the New Year, a grandmother calls the family together for a crisis conference. But when the grandmother is the Queen, the children and grandchildren are princes and dukes and the meeting is at Sandringham, then it’s clearly, no ordinary crisis.

Friday 28th August

Beyond INK

New productions of three short plays, first seen at INK, the UK’s leading short new plays company.

Saturday 29th August


A new drama by award-winning historian and writer Stewart Ross

Celebrating the contribution made by female pilots of the Air Transport Association during the Second World War. Three women from very different backgrounds join the ATA to ferry every type of warplane around the country and over the Channel, but the dangers they face in the skies are matched by the battles they have to fight on the ground.

Saturday 5th September:

Astrid King and A Funny Woman present

The Peg Lynch Players

Comic genius from Peg Lunch, a pioneer in TV and radio. Devised and performed with Tim FitzHigham.

Friday 11th September:

International star Robert Powell in his one man show Charles Dickens, a celebration

Saturday 12th September:

Denis King‘s Optimistic People

Denis King and Sarah Redmond are joined by Robert Powell to create an evening of hilarious entertainment, featuring songs and stories from a life in music, the theatre and film.

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